We’re on the road to Gettysburg!

Members of the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg sit on the bus as it prepares to leave the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul June 30.

Members of the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg sit on the bus as it prepares to leave the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul June 30.

The bus carrying me and 38 other members of the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg left the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul around 4:30 p.m. today. We’re driving through the night and expect to arrive in Gettysburg mid-afternoon tomorrow.

Wondering what’s happening and when? Here’s our itinerary (scroll down toward the bottom).

Governor’s proclamation of Minnesota Courage at Gettysburg Recognition Day July 2

Here’s the proclamation Gov. Dayton signed Tuesday.
Whereas: July 1-3, 2013, marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War; and
Whereas: Gettysburg was the battle with the largest number of casualties during the Civil War and was the turning point of the Eastern Campaign; and
Whereas: In testament thereof, the United States Congress established the battlefield at Gettysburg as a National Military Park in 1895; and
Whereas: The state of Minnesota was represented during the Battle of Gettysburg by the 1st and 2nd Companies of Minnesota Sharpshooters and the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment, commanded by Colonel William J. Colvill, who led an assault late on July 2, which repelled the Confederate advance on Cemetery Ridge, a decisive moment of the Battle; and
Whereas:  The 1st Minnesota Infantry sustained an extremely high number of casualties, particularly on July 2, 1863, in preserving a key defensive position in the Union line during the Battle of Gettysburg; these casualties were in excess of 80 percent, representing one of the highest regimental casualty rates for any battle in the war; and
Whereas: On July 2, 1897, in recognition of the service of these brave soldiers, the state of Minnesota erected a memorial on the grounds of Gettysburg Military Park; and
Whereas: The Honorable David M. Clough, Governor of the State of Minnesota, dedicated the state’s memorial on July 2, 1897, as tribute to the courage and service of these soldiers and the sacrifices made by the families and communities throughout the state; and
Whereas: On July 2, 2013, and July 3, 2013, a delegation from Minnesota will honor the memory of Minnesotans involved in the Battle of Gettysburg, and rededicate and lay a wreath at the Minnesota memorials, while Minnesotans across the state remember the sacrifices made to preserve the Union.
Now, Therefore, I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, July 2, 2013, as:
Minnesota Courage at Gettysburg Recognition Day

Gov. Dayton sends off the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg

Gov. Mark Dayton presents a commemorative flag to Civil War re-enactor 1st Sgt. Jefferson Spilman, of Richfield, during a June 25 ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol. (Sun Post staff photo by Jonathan Young)

Gov. Mark Dayton presents a commemorative flag to Civil War re-enactor 1st Sgt. Jefferson Spilman, of Richfield, during a June 25 ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol. (Sun Post staff photo by Jonathan Young)

Gov. Dayton had an official send-off for the Minnesota delegation Tuesday in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol. He signed a proclamation declaring July 2, 2013 to be “Minnesota Courage at Gettysburg Recognition Day,” and he presented a commemorative flag to 1st Minnesota Regiment re-enactors. Read more and see another photo here.

Looking forward to Gettysburg

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

I’m Jonathan Young, and I write for the Brooklyn Park Sun Post, a product of ECM Publishers, Inc. I’m traveling to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to cover Minnesota’s connections to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. I leave June 30 and return July 4.

ECM is the only Minnesota newspaper company sending a reporter with the delegation. Want to know why a community newspaper company is covering an event 1000 miles away? Read the column I wrote explaining what I’m doing.

I look forward to the trip! Check back for daily updates while I’m gone.